A 18-year-old male asked:
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can i have swollen lymph nodes from pulling/pressing skin over it. how long will it be swollen by this cause?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Usually not: No, usually not...Unless if you really push or pull the area so hard that you hurt yourself so badly or create an open wound/skin irritation, infection or inflammation over the skin or the area--then the lymph node adjacent to the trauma can be swollen up due to the trauma. Reactive lymph node usually will be back to normal within a few-several days to a couple of weeks or so.
Answered on May 8, 2013
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Dr. Michael Miller
35 years experience Wound care
Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well.
Answered on Nov 28, 2017

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